Nancy Tilles, Portraits in Oil

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Nancy Tilles is an award winning fine artist and portraitist. She is known for her representational paintings of living things. Her oil paintings have been compared to photographs in their attention to detail and color but they are not photographic at all. Instead, they could be called a kind of painterly realism. Her portraits of people and animals are rich in color and each painting tells a story about the subject's life.

Her original oil portraits have been displayed and commissioned throughout South Florida. For several years, Nancy has been commissioned to paint the past presidents of the Boca Rio Golf Club.  Currently, Nancy is exhibiting several of her portraits at the Village Art in Tequesta next door to the Lighthouse Center for the Arts.
In 2009, a collection of her portraits were exhibited at the Town of JupiterCenter Art Gallery.

Her work has been published multiple times and her portrait of a young rider, "Sheer Determination" was awarded Best in Show at the Northwood Museum Show in North Palm Beach and was chosen as the cover of "Palms West Almanac" Magazine 2004.

Palm Beach International Airport and in the Village of Wellington's Art in Public Places often displays Nancy's work. Nancy enjoys exhibiting her work at art festivals where she can meet people and exchange ideas.  She has appeared in festivals throughout Florida including Artigras, Sunfest, NaplesFair, and Jupiter Art Fest by the Sea. In 2009, Nancy also participated in The Neptune Art Festival in Virginia Beach.

Nancy's work has been commissioned publicly and privately numerous times. She is presently licensing many of her images to be used on various products. Community participation is important to Nancy and she regularly donates work to several charitable organizations.

Having earned her BFA from the University of Miami in 1977, she has since participated in workshops with renowned artists, including Phillip Pearlstein, Nelson Shanks and Laurie Snow Hein.

Originally from New York, Nancy currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens. She spends her time working on commissions and teaching adults who are interested in perfecting their painting skills or learning how to paint for the first time.
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